Many people are afraid of that moment when they realize there is responsibility attached to having a puppy. The moment when they realize they are going to have to put a lot of time and effort into housetraining this puppy. It can be frustrating if you don’t have a game plan moving forward. Luckily, we put together this list of helpful training methods to help ease you into the life of owning a puppy.

Methods Used For Housetraining

Direct Supervision

The most common method seems to be the one that requires the most time and effort on your part. It is called the supervision technique. Basically, you will have to watch the puppy all of the time and make sure they are put outside when it is time to handle their business. Often times this is the training method of choice for those that are able to work at home or are retired. Any situation in which you can allow this much time for dog supervising means this will probably be the best method for your circumstances.

While you are bringing your dog outside, you should first put them on a leash. They can easily get distracted if they are not on a leash. You want them to be as focused as possible. Make sure that you are constantly watching them. You need to be ready to positively reinforce what they have done immediately after they have finished up.

The “Inside Out” Method

This is a method used for housetraining a puppy that is becoming more and more popular these days. People are able to use training pads or newspapers to get the dog to focus on handling their business in one spot inside the house. The training pads are obviously the better choice, as they have a chemical that allows the dog to be more inclined to use it for relieving themselves. But, if this is not an option financially, you can always go with the papers.

Once you have caught them sniffing around, pick them up in a gentle manner, and then take them to the pads/papers. Ensure that you are ready to congratulate them once they have used the pads/papers properly. Over time, the idea is to move the papers/pads slowly towards the door. This should be done very gradually. Then, before you know it, you will be able to move the pads or papers outside. Then your little pup will be potty trained and no longer need the pads or papers. Obviously this method is going to take a lot longer, because in the beginning it encourages relieving inside the home. People that live in high-rises or people that don’t have access to outside areas easily will use the pads permanently.

Crate Training

Crate training is another method that is commonly used as well. The idea behind this method is that you use the crate to make them hold their urge to go. Then you let them out of the crate, but you take them straight outside to relieve themselves. Over time, they should get used to going outside and they won’t need the crate anymore. This method should not be abused though. Often times you will see people leave their puppies in there entirely too long because they are simply lazy. Your puppies should never be left in there for more than an hour or two if they are younger than 5 months. Once they get a bit older, they should be able to hold it longer.

In this scenario, the puppy should be in the crate when it is not being supervised. Please ensure that you take them out before you put them in the crate and after you take them out of the crate. This will give them a sense of when it is time to go to the bathroom and when it is not. Night time should definitely be crate time. Make sure you don’t leave any food or water inside the crate. There should only be a blanket. You can also put a chew toy if you want to. The dog not only learns to go outside with this method, but they also learn that they have the ability to control when they go.

Dealing With Accidents

The one thing that I hate to see the most with housetraining, is those that punish their puppy when they did not catch them in the act. People often get bad advice in this department, and there is no room for it in any training method. It makes no sense and can end up confusing the puppy more than anything. Not to mention, it is your fault when they do go by accident. Keep that in mind.

Puppies are just like kids, they need to be told something is wrong while they are doing it. Otherwise they seem to have an extremely short memory and will not know why they are being punished. If you do catch them in the act, please don’t overreact, like so many people do. Just calmly pick them up and take them outside, while firmly saying “no”. Then when they finish up outside you can use your positive reinforcement skills to ensure they know that going outside is a good thing.

The “rubbing their nose in it” myth is a training method of the past. It is extremely ineffective and doesn’t really accomplish much at all. There is no point to it and it should never be used as a method of training for a puppy. Like many of the other senseless training methods, it is going to confuse the pup more than anything else. You are probably going to hear people suggest this or even say that it worked with their dogs, but please fight the urge to even consider it. Stick to the recommended methods for training and you can obtain the successful results your looking for in a timely manner.




The Verbal Side Of Things

It is very important to be consistent with the verbal commands that you use during the training process. This way you are both on the same page throughout the whole thing. When you are going to take them outside, it is important to use a verbal command for that. The word outside asked in a question is one of the more popular choices. Keep in mind that anyone handling the dog or taking them outside should stick to the same words, otherwise the puppy can get confused.

Once your puppy is outside, you are going to want to use a phrase or word that will let them know it is time to go to the bathroom. Then once they have finished up, you should be praising them and taking them inside. If you were just taking the dog outside to play or do something else, you wouldn’t use your verbal commands. You want to only use these specific commands when you are taking the dog outside to relieve themselves. This way there is no confusion and you can have your dog potty trained in no time flat!